A Psychology of Spiritual Optimism with Joan Borysenko


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Human beings don’t come compartmentalized–and human healing doesn’t have to either. Building bridges between medicine, psychology and spirituality is the theme of this heart-centered discussion with a medical psychologist and pioneer of psychoneuroimmunology. Borysenko asks how the fear and traumas that imprison us can be healed on all levels. She boldly brings in controversial topics and therapies at the edges of psychology–the possibility of psychic realities; how we might describe the nature of the human soul; the use of LSD and lucid dreaming in psychotherapy. Included is the moving personal story of the final moments before her mother’s death.

Joan Borysenko is an internationally known speaker on spirituality, integrative medicine and the mind/body connection. She has a doctorate in medical sciences from Harvard Medical School, is a licensed clinical psychologist, is the cofounder of the Claritas Institute for Interspiritual Inquiry and Director of its Interspiritual Mentor Training Program. She is the author of many books including Minding the Body, Mending the Mind (Da Capo Lifelong Books, revised 2007), Inner Peace for Busy Women: Balancing Work, Family, and Your Inner Life (Hay House 2003), A Woman’s Book of Life: The Biology, Psychology, and Spirituality of the Feminine Life Cycle (Riverhead 1998), Fire in the Soul: A New Psychology of Spiritual Optimism (Grand Central Publishing 1994), and with her husband Gordon F. Dveirin authored Saying Yes to Change (Hay House 2005), and Your Soul’s Compass: What Is Spiritual Guidance? (Hay House 2007). To learn more about the work of Joan Borysenko go to or

Program Number: 2387                 Host: Michael Toms                 Interview Date: 6/7/1993


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